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In a letter to the Rev. Pieter Oggel and his wife, published in De Hope April 29, Albertus C. Van Raalte reported that he was pleased to read the issues of this paper. He is also happy the Rev. [Jacob] Van der Meulen has accepted the call to his church. "And I am sure that it will not take long before this congregation favors a split in three." Later that year, the Ebenezer congregation and Third Reformed Church were organized. V.R. doesn't favor large churches because the members are not given sufficient pastoral care. V.R. is now on a major trip south because he thinks many people will be migrating south because of the climate and rich resources. He wants to make sure that the Dutch stick together to form communities. "The Southerners are very eager for emigrants to come and persuasive in their invitation. They know and love the Dutch more than I thought." V.R. is very optimistic about the prospects of a settlement in the South. This is a key letter and indicative of his thinking at this time.
Charleston, S[outh] C[arolina]
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Simone, "In a Letter to the Rev. Pieter Oggel and His Wife from A. C. Van Raalte, Published in De Hope" (1868). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 457.